Jul 22, 2021 @ 11:27
Did you know? Carpio says fish-rich waters in West PH Sea bigger than country’s land area
There’s a lot more to lose if the Philippines does not fight for its exclusive rights to fish and explore resources in the West Philippine Sea, Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said.
“The maritime area in our exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine is larger than the total land area of all our islands put together,” the law of the sea expert said in his July 22 Inquirer column.
Fish and marine resources in the area could very well feed the nation, Carpio added. This was why he is fighting tooth and nail for the Philippines to assert its sole control and jurisdiction over these waters.
“Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, all the fish, oil, gas, and other mineral resources within this huge EEZ belong exclusively to the Philippines. This was expressly affirmed in the Arbitral Award,” Carpio added.
“This exclusive right to the marine resources in our EEZ, including all the fish found within our EEZ, is a sovereign right of the Filipino people that cannot be bartered or given away by the President to China or to Chinese citizens.”